The Ministry of Defence’s January 22 nomination of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and the state-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL), to build six conventional submarines has pitted the two Indian submarine builders in an exciting contest. The six Project 75I submarines will be built by one of the two chosen firms in collaboration with a foreign technology partner for around Rs 45,000 crore. L&T and MDL are the only two in-country submarine builders, which is why the MoD ejected newbies Adani Group and Reliance Defence.

L&T has fabricated hulls for India’s fleet of four 6,000-tonne Arihant class submarines, one of which is in service. MDL is building six 1,800-tonne Scorpene class submarines, two of which are in service. Continue reading


Adding to Indian Navy’s firepower, Defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) is set to deliver anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kavaratti to the Navy soon, its Chairman-cum-Managing Director Rear Admiral V K Saxena said. ‘Kavaratti’ is the last of the four Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes built by the GRSE for the Indian Navy under Project P28, he said.

“All trials of the ship have been successfully completed, and we plan to deliver it by the end of this month,” Saxena told PTI here. ‘Kavaratti’ will be the 104th ship to be constructed and delivered by the GRSE, he said. With a displacement of 3,300 tonnes, the ship has a carbon composite superstructure, which has been flawlessly integrated with the steel hull through technology developed by the GRSE. Continue reading


PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig, who was honoured with the Padma Bhushan on 71st Republic Day, on Sunday said that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump had accepted that the Valley is an integral part of India due to which they seek autonomy of the region.

“Pakistan PM Imran Khan and the US president are asking for autonomy to J&K. It means they’ve accepted that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. We demand that J&K should be given what the Constitution gives us,” Baig said, stressing that there can never be any referendum in the Union Territory. Continue reading


Brazilian gunmaker Taurus Armas SA has signed a joint venture with Indian steelmaker Jindal Group to produce and sell guns in India, according to a securities filing on Monday.

Under the agreement, Jindal will hold a 51% stake in the venture and Taurus the remaining shares, the Brazilian company said. The deal was signed during Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s visit to India. Bolsonaro, who was elected in January 2019, has long advocated broadening gun laws to fight crime. Continue reading


India’s armed forces have a lot to cheer about in the new year for three good reasons. One, the indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas’ naval variant successfully carried out its maiden landing and take-off from the flight deck of aircraft carrier Vikramaditya. The lightweight, multi-role, supersonic Tejas Mk 2 is a fourth-generation aircraft designed for tactical strike, air reconnaissance, air defence and maritime roles.

Second, the government’s decision to buy 200 aircraft desperately needed for the Indian Air Force (IAF) could not have come sooner. The IAF — operating at its lowest level in decades — is at an important crossroads with aircraft such as the MiG-21s on their way out and with just 33 squadrons, although strategically it should be having at least 10 more squadrons. Much effort and money was spent on buying 36 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), but by the time they enter service, even more fighter jets would have been decommissioned. Continue reading


Robonaut 2 was the first humanoid sent to space by Nasa in 2011. That India will be able to send one of its own within nine years, and 12 years of sending its first module in space, is no less a feat. But, while VyomMitra’s—Isro’s humanoid—will be sent on Gaganyaan, and will help astronauts with tasks, the real achievement is India’s leap in robotics.

India lags far behind China and others in robotics development; with Isro creating a robot, and given its track record of partnering the private sector for sharing of intellectual property generated, this may mean a a big boost for the field in the country. If successful, Isro’s VyomMitra experiment could spur large-scale adoption of robots, perhaps even for personal services—humanoids as receptionists can be one example. Continue reading


A tight cordon of security by Scotland Yard around the Indian high commission prevented recurrence of violence on Sunday as demonstrators raised anti-India slogans and separatist demands related to ‘Khalistan’ and Kashmir. India’s diplomatic pressure described as ‘relentless’ ensured that British authorities took adequate measures, including mounted police and cameras to record and identify protestors. Unlike the hype before Sunday, the protest attracted less than 1,000 people.

The mission had been the target of violence on August 15 and September 3 last year, which spiralled into a diplomatic row between New Delhi and London. British authorities could not allow third countries to “play their games” in the UK, they were told. Stringent measures were in place during subsequent protests, including one on Diwali, when protestors were not allowed near India House. Sunday’s protest was preceded by a series of engagements by diplomats with home secretary Priti Patel, among others. Continue reading


Mehbooba Mufti, in a tweet, expressed her ‘relief’ after the European Union (EU) Parliament passed a resolution against the ‘communal’ Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the ‘brutal lockdown’ in Kashmir. The former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir hoped for ‘sanctions’ against the BJP-led government over the issue. The twitter handle of the PDP president, a former BJP ally is being operated by her daughter Iltija Mufti after the former was placed under preventive detention citing ‘security concerns’.

In a following tweet, Mufti noted that the BJP would’ve ‘lapped it up’ if the EU Parliament spoke in favour of the issue. Claiming that the actions of the Modi government are ‘frittering away’ India’s soft power in the world. Furthermore, underlined that CAA and the Kashmir issue is India’s ‘internal matter’ only when the actions are being condemned by the international community. Continue reading


France, a founding member of the European Union, considers the new citizenship law an internal political matter of India, French diplomatic sources said on Monday. The assertion came after close to 600 lawmakers in the 751-member parliament moved six resolutions against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), saying the enactment of the law marked a dangerous shift in India’s citizenship regime.

For France, the CAA is India’s internal political matter and it has been stated on several occasions, the sources said. They said the European Parliament is an institution independent of member states and the European Commission. The new law, passed by Parliament last month, offers citizenship to non-Muslim persecuted religious minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Continue reading


India’s 71st Republic Day celebrations in the US on Sunday were marred by some peaceful protests and marches by a large number of Indian-Americans in various cities of the country against the recent changes in the citizenship law. Among Indian-Americans, the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019, however, also had a fair share of its supporters who sought to counter protesters by asserting that “India cares for Neighbouring Minorities” and “CAA Won’t Impact Indian Citizens”.

The supporters, however, appeared to be outnumbered by protesters, who held peaceful rallies and marches in various US cities, carrying anti-CAA banners and raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanding CAA’s repeal and revocation of the proposed National Register for Citizens. Continue reading


Email credentials of at least 3,000 government officials have reportedly been compromised. The passwords of these government email ids are available in plain text across multiple databases on the dark web.

The 3,000 government email ids with the ‘’ extension belongs to 20 entities, reported The Quint. The ‘’ IDs are provided only to government officials under ministries, departments, statutory bodies and autonomous bodies of central and state/Union Territories. Some of these include Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), and Securities and Exchanges Board of India (SEBI). Continue reading


Nepal is reassured by the statements of senior Indian ministers on the controversy-hit National Register of Citizens (NRC), a Nepalese government source said on Saturday, making it clear that it is an issue of India and its people.

Recently, when the NRC process was completed in Assam, it was reported that nearly one lakh Nepalese-origin Gorkhas were excluded from the list. When asked whether the Gorkha community members have sought the help of the Nepal government over the issue, a Nepal government source told visiting Indian journalists here that they were assured by statements of India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah that no Nepalese-speaking person will face problems. Continue reading


Anti-satellite weapon “Shakti”, lethal artillery gun “Dhanush”, and newly-inducted helicopters Apache and Chinook were among the key military assets showcased by India for the first time at the Republic Day parade on Sunday. With space becoming a vital dimension of any country’s economic and military superiority, DRDO’s Anti-Satellite Weapon System which play a critical role in providing the necessary strategic deterrence was also displayed at the parade.

In March last year, the DRDO had launched “Mission Shakti”, India’s first A-SAT mission and demonstrated its anti-satellite technology. A live orbiting satellite in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) was destroyed in a “Hit to Kill” mode with 10 centimetre accuracy, with the satellite and the missile approaching each other at a high speed of nearly 11 km per second. Continue reading


The National Conference on Monday took strong exception to the dropping of words ‘Sher-e-Kashmir’, an epithet used for the party founder Sheikh Abdullah, from the nomenclature of JK police medals. The party, whose top leaders are in detention since the scrapping of special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 last year, alleged that the administration was taking its “vendetta to a higher level” and distorting history with this move.

“It is a calibrated effort to trim every single symbol of J-K’s political individuality. The present ruling dispensation in New Delhi heaving with subjective prejudices and complexes against ideals revolving around the Indian Constitution and the spirit of its accommodative federalism hasn’t ceased its witch-hunt against everything recognizable with Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah,” district president of the party Peer Afaq Ahmad alleged in a statement. Continue reading


Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has announced that it will be showcasing for the first time, it’s in-house developed 3rd Generation Fire and Forget anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) at DefExpo2020 in Lucknow next month.

BDL already has developed Amogha-1 a second-generation ATGM with a 2.8 km range which is based on the wire-guided tech which was tested in 2016 and also went on to develop Amogha-2 which was Wireless Anti-Tank Missile with RF Guidance but the new 3rd Generation Fire and Forget anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) will be called Amogha-3. Continue reading